The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals will once again get a chance to rule on a suit filed by players against the National Football League.

A federal judge on Tuesday cleared the way for the players to sue for free agency by throwing out the league's labor antitrust exemption. The league said it would appeal immediately, something the judge urged in his opinion.The ruling, which recognizes the players' union decertification, is the latest in a series of decisions by U.S. District Judge David Doty stemming from the union's 24-day strike in 1987.